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New solutions to age-old problems

Analysts, intelligence teams and anyone interested in presenting data in a user-friendly format will be interested in an upcoming series of events from the NEP.

We will show you how to get the best out of Microsoft 365 tools and how they can connect to solve many organisational challenges that have dogged policing for many years.

Take a look at the list below to see how we can help - and sign up by emailing mike.cowley-freeman@pds.police.uk. Please state which session(s) you wish to attend and an invite will be sent to you.

Tasking workshop with Humberside Police, 11th May 3.00pm-4.30pm

DCI Doug Blackwood will talk through the following and present the force’s work:

Business problem:

Expectation of senior leaders in policing to track, monitor and assess patrol strategies of force the not only for an internally audience but also to easily publish to wider communities. Doug, as Chief Inspector in charge of this area, used to have to manage over 40 spread sheets to evaluate performance.  


Using a simple M365 form, officers can highlight their activity, where they have been working to what the outcomes were. This can also be layered with mapping using PowerBi. It can then be displayed in a far more user-friendly way. The work was useful for the force when questioned by the PCC around data stats during COVID and is popular with communities as the information can be shared to illustrate activity. Intelligence analysts can also review this work.

Intelligence and Tasking workshop with Derbyshire Police and Devon & Cornwall Police, 13th May 3.00pm-4.30pm

DS Rich Burton from Derbyshire Police and Gary Smart-Stead intelligence manager from Devon and Cornwall present their work:

Business problem:

Devon and Cornwall will talk through the issues associated with static intelligence meetings that are document/paper heavy with archaic practices of writing down of tasking actions.  

From Derbyshire we will hear about the age-old policing challenge of briefing our staff. Powerpoint and email have been in existence for too many years.  


Devon and Cornwall will place a different slant on their use of M365, using Sharepoint lists to manage tasking and how they are ensuring intelligence meetings are more fluid and flexible using the NEP delivered capabilities.

Derbyshire will demonstrate how the ability to push out instantaneous messages to colleagues via Teams was something the force quickly identified as a winning formula. In turn, briefings became more personalised and relevant when information is constantly refreshed and never out of date. Rich will also talk through how they have used planner for tasking officers.  

Violence reduction PowerBi & M365 workshop with TVP, 3rd June 3.00pm - 4.30pm

DCI Lewis Mayling-Prescott and lead analyst Owen Miller will share their work.

Business problem:

Which way to turn? The police officer leaving the station can sometimes never know. Also, what information do partners have that would enhance an intelligence picture?


Using partnership data the force have created PowerBi dashboards that focus on violence reduction and can illustrate individuals, locations and patterns of offending.  

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